PIL filed in Delhi high court challenges DDCA inquiry

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 16, 2016 09:49 IST
Aam Aadmi party workers protests against finance minister Arun Jaitley in connection with DDCA corruption in Bhopal in December. (Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT Photo)

The Aam Aadmi Party government’s decision to set up a commission of inquiry to probe alleged “malpractices and irregularities” in the functioning of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) was challenged on Friday via a PIL filed at the Delhi high court.

The petition, filed by Ramakant Kumar, challenged the December 22, 2015 notification by the directorate of vigilance of the Delhi government, which set up the commission under former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam. The commission has been directed to look into alleged irregularities in DDCA between 1992 and 2015, and to submit its report within three months.

Kumar’s petition has claimed that the AAP government’s decision was “unconstitutional, illegally and beyond their jurisdiction” as the approval of lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung had not been taken. It also said that the December 22, 2015 notification was held as unconstitutional and illegal by the ministry of home affairs (MHA) on January 7, which had also cancelled the commission. The plea also alleged that the Delhi government has refused to accept the MHA’s decision.

A letter, which had earlier been issued by the lieutenant governor’s office had said that the “ministry of home affairs, Government of India, has held that the notification... issued by Directorate of Vigilance, Government of NCT of Delhi, is unconstitutional, illegal and therefore has no legal effect”.

The PIL, which had come up before a bench of chief justice G Rohini and justice Jayant Nath, was opposed by the Centre on the ground of locus. Additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Centre, said the plea was not maintainable as the petitioner has not made the Union government or DDCA as a party.

The bench directed Kumar to provide a copy of the plea to the Centre and listed the matter for further hearing on January 27.

(With PTI inputs)

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